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Bon Appetit, Y'all

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hot Chocolate

When the wind chill is zero like it is today, all I can think of is soup and/or hot chocolate. Maybe a shot of straight bourbon, but it's a little early to be drinking shots. While I'm, waiting for my Cuban Black Bean Soup (posted tomorrow) to cook I made a batch of this. What comfort!

This recipe can be made up to the point of adding the milk to make a base syrup that can be stored for a month. To make a cup of hot chocolate in a jiffy, simply whisk 1/4 cup of the syrup into 1 cup of heated milk. The cognac adds a depth of flavor but doesn't leave a taste of alcohol.

Hot Chocolate
enough to serve 6
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1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cognac (optional)
4 1/2 cups milk, heated

Put the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a heavy nonreactive pan. Slowly whisk in the boiling water, and cook at a simmer for 3 minutes. Whisk in the heavy cream, bring back to a simmer, and remove from heat. Add the chopped chocolate, and whisk until melted and smooth. Add the vanilla and optional cognac, and slowly stir in the heated milk. Cover tightly and let rest for 5 minutes before serving, so that the flavors can marry and develop. If the hot chocolate cools, gently heat to just below a simmer. Serve with marshmallows floating on top.


  1. I may have to try this after my bath this afternoon. The wind is blowing here in the Ohio Valley. My doors and windows shudder as I do when I venture out to spread more seeds for the birds.

  2. Oh.My.Goodness! This Hot Chocolate recipe sounds so good!
    I just might have to try it this weekend:)

  3. Oh my gosh, hot chocolate never sounded so good. Yummy. It's not hot chocolate weather here today (maybe it never comes here in Arizona), but not to worry, I can drink it anytime of year.

  4. This does sound delicious. Looking forward to the soup recipe for tomorrow. We had homemade veggie beef soup today. Perfect soup weather.


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